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Dr. Stephen Sroka (Twitter grew up in poverty and is now an educator and keynote speaker. Be sure to check out his great YouTube page.

  • Steve describes his life growing up and the challenges he faced.
  • Overcoming welfare to become a chemist and eventually a teacher.
  • The Gift in a Toxic Society - the perfect gift you can give this year. PDF format.
  • Dear …, I don’t want to die, but if I do, I want you to know that…. Tell that person what they mean to you.
  • It will change the person you love for life.
  • It matters because you put everything you have into it.
  • Write the gift now because you don’t know when you won’t have a chance.
  • The Power of One Speaker
  • That time when Steve died.

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Christopher Kai (Twitter) has given over 1,000 speeches or workshops to a global audience from more than 30 countries. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies like American Express, New York Life, and Microsoft and notable non-profits like the Milken Family Foundation. Christopher has spoken alongside some of the most prominent global business leaders like Atari and Chuck E. Cheese’s founder Nolan Bushnell, MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. His keynote experiences have been described as “life-changing,” “absolutely amazing” and a “breath of fresh air” because he consistently delivers actionable ideas and strategies based on research and experience all wrapped up in inspiring and insightful stories. Christopher also has an uncanny ability to customize his speeches for each of his unique clients.

Here he talks about how to create unique and powerful relationships with those you meet. 

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Derek Rhodenizer (Twitter Web site) is a principal in Ottawa Canada. He is also the host of the eduthoughts podcast.

 

  • Whiteboard by the table

  • Legowall 4’x3’ the video

  • Modeling as administrators.

  • Giving ownership of the office to other people models giving ownership of the classroom to the students.

  • Audio/visual recording studio.

  • Weekly updates, drawing

  • Teaching parents to read with their kids.

  • Empower parents to ask questions.

  • Sometimes you have to jump and start building your wings on the way down.

  • Start small.

  • What am I good at? Start there.

  • What can you do to be a transformative principal? Go into the hallway and give kids high fives! You don’t need a reason to give a high five!

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This is a short episode where I talk about how I made the year 2016 as amazing as possible. If you want to make 2017 your best year ever, sign up for Michael Hyatt's program here

 

 

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Derek Rhodenizer (Twitter Web site) is a principal in Ottawa Canada. He is also the host of the eduthoughts podcast.

  • Principal’s office as a learning space.

  • The Third Teacher book about learning spaces.

  • Why the principal’s office is a learning space.

  • Another tool that a teacher can use.

  • Constructive rather than negative.

  • Permanent audio/visual recording learning space.

  • Whiteboard by the table

  • Legowall 4’x3’ the video

  • Modeling as administrators.

  • Giving ownership of the office to other people models giving ownership of the classroom to the students.

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Dana Evans Twitter is the principal of Barnette Magnet School in Fairbanks, AK.

  • Students sign up for dance, tai kwon doe and other physical activities throughout the week.
  • Friday in Fairbanks activity. See a schedule here
  • extra prep time for teachers on Friday.
  • How to schedule things for Fairbanks.
  • Excursions cost about 20,000 a year.
  • Go with the flow is a very important characteristic to have for teachers and students.
  • Students with disabilities are thriving in this environment.
  • Could this work at a typical school?
  • How we could change the typical school to meet individual student needs?
  • Core is grade specific.
  • Start small with afternoon science and a couple
  • How to be a transformative principal? Think of the possibilities.

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Dana Evans Twitter is the principal of Barnette Magnet School in Fairbanks, AK.

  • 3 hours of uninterrupted core math and ELA.
  • explorations in the afternoon.
  • Science, social studies, math, spanish, technology fine arts, extended learning program, etc.
  • Explorations Class Catalog
  • Explorations classes are 9 weeks for three each. Some are year long, some are semester long.
  • Student choice enhances student engagement.
  • Relationships deepen because of looping.
  • Afternoon can be something that students really engage in because they choose it.
  • Magnet school using the same
  • Magnet is the explorations that bring students and families to the school.
  • Lottery system to determine who goes to Barnette.
  • Envision Math and GoMath.
  • Explorations are multi-age in bands.
  • Science and social studies checklists to make sure they get what they need.
  • 416 students, 20 part time students. Have an additional secretary who does all the scheduling.
  • How to deal with endorsements for teachers teaching explorations.
  • How to deal with contractural obligations like prep time.
  • How are class sizes affected by this schedule?
  • Students each lunch in their rooms.
  • Each teacher has 2 explorations to teach in the afternoon.
  • Class sizes are 20–25 for core classes. Class sizes are a little smaller in explorations

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James Sturtevant (Twitter @jamessturtevant Website) is an obscure social studies teacher from Central Ohio who is in his 32nd year.

  • Storytelling, A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink.

  • Empower the kids to find the stories.

  • Fireplace app Chromebooks iOS.

  • Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds.

  • Delivering content in a flipped manner.

  • The benefits of flipping your classroom.

  • How to be a transformative leader? Check your ego.

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Jimmy Casas Twitter is in his 22nd year of administrative leadership.  He received his BA in Spanish and Master’s in Teaching from the University of Iowa and his Master’s in Administrative Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.  Jimmy is currently working on his ED.S and serves as an adjunct professor for Drake University, teaching a graduate course on Educational Leadership.  Jimmy has served as principal at Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa for the last 14 years.   Jimmy’s core purpose lies in serving others. He was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year.  In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge.  In 2015, he was named the Bammy National Principal of the Year.  Jimmy is the Co-Founder of EdCampIowa and also the Co-Founder of #IAedchat, a popular online chat that takes place every Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. CST.  Finally, Jimmy is the co-author of a book with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul entitled, “What Connected Educators Do Differently.”

  • What Great Educators Do Differently conference
  • Leadership is lonely, but doesn’t have to be as lonely.
  • Why it is meaningful to bring experts in to help us learn.
  • How to create a network of excellence.
  • How to create a mindset of excellence.
  • How vulnerability impacts school leaders.
  • People who take their jobs seriously want good things to happen for others.
  • Surround yourself with excellence.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • How pride can be a benefit and a detriment
  • How to define a problem clearly.
  • When you surround yourself with a team, others will be there to protect and support you.
  • Why it is important to make those who lead you look good.
  • People who do good things, good things come back to them.
  • Never blame someone above you for a decision made.
  • Take on the hard issues privately.
  • Your personal excellence starts over today. Your personal excellence starts over today with Jimmy Casas Transformative Principal special
  • How to be a transformative principal? Spend time with kids, relationships matter, know peoples’ story.

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James Sturtevant (Twitter @jamessturtevant Website) is an obscure social studies teacher from Central Ohio who is in his 32nd year.

  • Hacking Engagement Book and Podcast

  • Need to make engagement a priority.

  • It doesn’t matter how important or cool your topic is if the kids aren’t engaged.

  • A lot of people confuse engagement with compliance.

  • Grab your students by the virtual lapels

  • Tackle problem of engagement on three fronts: technology, teacher strategies, and relationships.

  • Talking for more than 10 minutes is not going to work!

 

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Michael Fenton is the Lead Instructional Designer at Desmos. Check out learn.desmos.com.

  • Bundles vs. one-off activities.

  • Progression of units for teacher use.

  • View of assessments.

  • Using Desmos for testing

  • Interview with Carl Hooker

  • Challenges with using Desmos.

  • Nature of assessments and challenging the status quo.

  • How can teachers get started right now?

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Michael Fenton is the Lead Instructional Designer at Desmos. Check out learn.desmos.com.

  • Activity Builder

  • How Michael got connected with Desmos.

  • How Desmos is different from a typical math site.

  • Arguments are more fun when there are people in the room.

  • Desmos Guide to Building Great (Digital) Math Activities (Dan Meyer’s Blog)

  • It’s about generating interesting discussions in class.

  • How long should activities in class be?

  • What makes a good activity? Desmos Blog.

  • WOSS (What Other Students Said), Pausing, & Anonymizing names to allow kids to focus on

  • How to get the conversation out of the machine and into the room.

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Ginger Lewman is a keynoter and consultant in Kansas. Purchase her book about life-practice learning here.

  • Launch - how to set up PBL to be engaging.

  • How to deal with having learning goals posted when

  • The essential question to ask when starting Project Based Learning activities.

  • Culture of schools - we unintentionally group kids to create bullies.

  • Three ways to think about grouping.

  • Ability, interest, readiness

  • Good group-workers and bad group-workers

  • 3 people in a group is optimal.

  • How to deal with friends in groups.

  • How to be a transformative principal? Know why you want to do it.

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Ginger Lewman is a keynoter and consultant in Kansas.

  • The power of connecting with others

  • Campaign Trail Collaboration

  • These are the projects that we can do.

  • Lessons for Life Practice Learning <-Amazon link ESSDACK Link

  • What are the important elements of project-based learning?

  • Questions to ask as you start doing PBL.

  • Optimal Ambiguity - how to create an environment where kids want to make sense of their situation.

  • Be OK with every kid not being exactly the same.

  • Launch

  • Groupings

  • High expectations

  • Presentation

  • Preparing for PBL

  • Launch - how to set up PBL to be engaging.

  • How to deal with having learning goals posted when

  • The essential question to ask when starting Project Based Learning activities.

  • Culture of schools - we unintentionally group kids to create bullies.

  • Three ways to think about grouping.

  • Ability, interest, readiness

  • Good group-workers and bad group-workers

  • 3 people in a group is optimal.

  • How to deal with friends in groups.

  • How to be a transformative principal? Know why you want to do it.

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Randy Sprick is an educational consultant and trainer in Eugene Oregon. He helps teachers, principals, and other staff set up schools that encourage student responsibility and motivation, and help students learn to behave in appropriate ways. He wrote the book CHAMPS and has lead numerous workshops, trainings, conferences, and much more.

  • Safe and Civil Schools background

  • CHAMPS

  • Attendance ideas

  • Top 3 musts for creating a safe school environment.

  • Systematic and planful supervision of the entire school.

  • If we don’t have enough adults in the halls, bullying is taking place.

  • Why you want all staff present and interacting with kids.

  • Presence of people in authority assists people in obeying the rules.

  • Adults who are actively creating a positive school climate.

  • The climate of the school is the daily behavior of the adults in the school.

  • 5–10 adults who say hello to kids on the way to classroom.

  • High expectations that are clearly communicated to kids and overtly taught and consistently enforced.

  • Any infraction “please honor our school’s policy on ______”.

  • Communication Cards

  • Attributes of safe and unsafe school

  • How to deal with toxic teachers?

  • Messaging needs to come not just from administrators, but also teachers.

  • The Checklist Manifesto - the book from which Randy’s reminders about doctor’s washing hands come.

  • It is not the peer’s responsibility to call out their peers.

  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”

  • The Diffusion of Innovations

  • Link for meeting peoples’ basic needs webinar

  • Communication Cards

  • What can a principal do to be a transformative principal? Be more visible.

  • Safeandcivilschools.com

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Randy Sprick is an educational consultant and trainer in Eugene Oregon. He helps teachers, principals, and other staff set up schools that encourage student responsibility and motivation, and help students learn to behave in appropriate ways. He wrote the book CHAMPS and has lead numerous workshops, trainings, conferences, and much more.

  • Safe and Civil Schools background

  • CHAMPS

  • Attendance ideas

  • Top 3 musts for creating a safe school environment.

  • Systematic and planful supervision of the entire school.

  • If we don’t have enough adults in the halls, bullying is taking place.

  • Why you want all staff present and interacting with kids.

  • Presence of people in authority assists people in obeying the rules.

  • Adults who are actively creating a positive school climate.

  • The climate of the school is the daily behavior of the adults in the school.

  • 5–10 adults who say hello to kids on the way to classroom.

  • High expectations that are clearly communicated to kids and overtly taught and consistently enforced.

  • Any infraction “please honor our school’s policy on ______”.

  • Communication Cards

  • Attributes of safe and unsafe school

  • How to deal with toxic teachers?

  • Messaging needs to come not just from administrators, but also teachers.

  • The Checklist Manifesto - the book from which Randy’s reminders about doctor’s washing hands come.

  • It is not the peer’s responsibility to call out their peers.

  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”

  • The Diffusion of Innovations

  • Link for meeting peoples’ basic needs webinar

  • Communication Cards

  • What can a principal do to be a transformative principal? Be more visible.

  • Safeandcivilschools.com

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Mark Cheverton Twitter is an author, teacher, and physicist.

  • Why self-publish.
  • Building self-confidence.
  • Easy to do and very cheap.
  • How to be a better writer.
  • How to not get in trouble for infringing on trademarks and copyright.
  • Minecraft for Teachers
  • Spilling Ink - how to write for kids.
  • Wattpad - start publishing your writing.
  • NaNoWriMo - Structure to the writing time.
  • How to be a transformative principal: give kids a place to write about what they want to write about. Being the content expert makes it easier to write.

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Mark Cheverton Twitter is an author, teacher, and physicist.

  • Nerdy writing stuff.

  • How to be an author.

  • The process of writing a book.

  • Story Engineering <-amazon link

  • Scrivener

  • Starting writing projects with Excel

  • Different kinds of writers: Plotters and Pantsers

  • 7 main scenes in a story

  • Hook

  • Plot point

  • Pinch point

  • Midpoint

  • Pinch point

  • Plot point

  • Resolution

  • How Mark came to write about Minecraft

  • Why the books have some valuable message in them.

  • What teachers can get from Mark’s web site.

  • Stories that kids shared.

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In this episode, I talk about how I ran building inservice.

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Today, I talk again with Jon Laffoon about the big changes you can make in a school and how to make them. 

 

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Listen as I reflect on the Transformative Leadership Summit, which ends August 15, 2016. This is in my mastermind, which you can contact me about joining. 

 

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This episode is the Live Q&A that Daniel and I did for the Transformative Leadership Summit this week. I hope you enjoy it. 

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08/01/2016 Monday: Launch party, Will Parker, Brad Gustafson - Expired
08/02/2016 Tuesday: Kimberly Miles, Jeff Zoul, and Daniel Bauer - Expired
08/03/2016 Wednesday: Kendra Washington-Bass, Kyle Palmer, Robert Dillon - Expired
08/04/2016 Thursday: Live Q&A, Jennifer Abrams, Jonathon Wennstrom - Expired
08/05/2016 Friday: Amy Fast, Jethro Jones, Glenn Robbins - Expired
08/06/2016 Saturday: Geri Parscale, Anne Beninghof, Mike Kelly
08/07/2016 Sunday: Bill Ziegler, Clayton Reedie, Vicki Davis
08/08/2016 Monday: Mary McMahon, Doug Timm, Mark Modesti
08/09/2016 Tuesday: Justin Baeder, Neil Gupta, Mike Anderson
08/10/2016 Wednesday: Don Wettrick, Emily Drake, Damon Hargraves
08/11/2016 Thursday: Jen Gonzalez, Eric Connor, Paul Erickson
08/12/2016 Friday: Rob Carroll and Stacey Keown, Erika Mortensen and Christina Lufrano and Rosa Isiah
08/13/2016 Saturday: LaVonna Roth, Marlena Gross-Taylor and a surprise guest!
08/14/2016 Sunday: John Linney, Sean Gaillard and one other surprise guest to close out the conference!
08/15/2016 Closing Keynote with Jethro and Daniel

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Rachel Yanof started the Phoenix Collegiate Academy with the express intent to get all the students to college. I hope you enjoy this interview, as I sure did.

  • Set a huge goal so failure was not an option.
  • The huge goal supported the day-to-day decisions.
  • Pushed ourselves to see if we are on track.
  • AP classes as freshman.
  • Small School - individualized and small group instruction.
  • Only inviting kids to Saturday school and after school who needed the specific skills.
  • More time - 1 hour in school longer - if used well, can be a huge benefit for the students.
  • NWEA MAP Assessment - research into college preparedness.
  • 75th percentile is the goal.
  • Saturday school - get as specific as possible while still managing numbers.
  • Does cost extra money - spend the resources to make the maximum impact on our students.
  • We know we need to offer X, we have the means to offer Y.
  • Governing board sponsors teacher appreciation each month.
  • Finding other ways to show teachers you appreciate them.
  • Videos of kids thanking their teachers.
  • Pay-for-performance fund
  • Is this scalable?
  • Haven’t figured out the challenge of hiring on mission in a larger setting.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Find that thing that you’re willing to live and die for and then tell everyone!

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Rachel Yanof started the Phoenix Collegiate Academy with the express intent to get all the students to college. I hope you enjoy this interview, as I sure did.

  • First time I confronted the idea that kids could go to a college or not.
  • Trusting the system could make it so the kids don’t get what they need.
  • Building Excellent Schools
  • 97% receiving free and reduced lunch. 90%+ minority
  • Find families through being in their area
  • Every parent has dreams for their child.
  • Homework
  • Overcommunicate
  • Parents need to be involved in education, active participant.
  • Mandatory parent orientation, come to us or we will come to you because it is that important that you are part of the team.
  • Homework is assigned every night.
  • Not a secret what is happening in school.
  • Perseverance, respect, integrity, discipline, endurance. PRIDE Report - Tracking positive and negative consequences at school.
  • Parents come in every quarter for conferences. 100% participation in conferences.
  • Flipped model in the high school.
  • Communication-focus in lower grades.

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Assistant Principal Dr. Amy Fast explores the responsibility of our schools to focus on the mission, not the mandates.

 

  • Microbehaviors
  • Google Forms 6–8 questions
  • Created statements based on national student Gallup poll
  • hopeful
  • teachers care
  • connection to one staff member
  • have friends
  • I feel like I matter
  • have you ever experienced discrimination?
  • Would you report something bad that happened?
  • Big changes around professional development
  • what we do in schools has a lot more to do with mindset rather than skill set
  • Simple ideas are the most profound
  • Exit slips from teachers were more personal approaches
  • Changing teachers’ mindsets
  • What’s best for students is what’s best for teachers
  • Collaboration
  • How to be a transformative Principal? Teachers need to feel like they matter and feel hopeful about their future. Give staff a voice and let them know on a daily basis how much they matter. Let’s not fill their cups because they need to be there for kids, but because they are human.
  • fastcranny@gmail.com @fastcranny

 

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Assistant Principal Dr. Amy Fast explores the responsibility of our schools to focus on the mission, not the mandates.

  • Educators are humanitarians at heart
  • NCLB made me a better teacher, but it got warped
  • Focus vs. tunnel vision
  • Venn diagram of academic achievement, soft skills, and internal drive
  • Need everyone in schools to bring their A game every single day!
  • Need to measure every single circle
  • What we test gets taught
  • How do we measure that success?
  • Soft skills - measured through observation, should be part of curriculum.
  • Measuring motivation - identify the constructs of motivation: purpose, autonomy, choice, rigor
  • Student survey via google forms
  • Want to know more about you than just your test scores
  • Staff didn’t know them as individuals.
  • Non-anonymous survey. Coded the data
  • Created a high flyer list of kids who didn’t have a high connection to the school. 100 kids who were the most disconnected.
  • Hard to measure the intangibles? Just ask the kids!
  • Measuring the right things

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Yes, that Seth Godin! What an amazing opportunity to interview Seth on the podcast. He was so very generous with his time. I asked him questions like the following:
How do you teach kids to connect the dots?

Failure freezes. How do you make failing safe?

Can everyone succeed being independent?
How can the little guy compete with someone like Walmart?

How do you help teachers not want to be competent anymore?

How do you measure the experience? How do you know if has been successful?

If we give kids the ability to dream, they’ll figure out the grammar and history the minute it helps them reach their dreams.


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How to make a ruckus in a highly bureaucratic, slow moving monstrosity that is education.

  • Has anyone done something that others were delighted by?
  • We’ve all been impacted by teachers who made a difference.
  • It is a mistake to first look at gravity if you are a beginning runner.
  • Brooke Jackson the Lab School NY
  • Show up with a different agenda
  • Already voted
  • If this were easy, everyone would be doing it.
  • Afraid of being called out by our hubris, getting in trouble with the bureaucracy.
  • Going outside the box
  • When we get true enrollment from the students.
  • 10% where we can have non-factory time.
  • What enrollment means.
  • What did the student and parents sign up for?
  • How to learn about Baseball
  • The lesson plan
  • What’s your attitude?
  • Interesting is more important than right.
  • Why memorize nothing?
  • We don’t need people to memorize recipes.
  • Sarah Kay poetry - no right answer for your poetry.
  • Competence is overrated.
  • Write books not read them.
  • What if they don’t learn the grammar that way? That happens to people who don’t have sufficient dreams.
  • Easy to retreat back to the safe place.
  • Seeking reassurance.
  • The only thing I’m trying to sell teachers is to challenge teachers to explore.
  • How do we protect against failure?
  • Why is doing more what we’ve doing any better?
  • People want to do things that matter.
  • People tend to feel cheated.
  • Better to be a musician than an instrument player.
  • It’s possible because we graduate kids who are better off.
  • Stated goals are wrong.
  • All schooling is home schooling. Schools must encourage and amplify the parents.
  • Kids teach their parents about what matters today.
  • Parents think the most important thing they can do is help kids be good at sports.
  • Jim engages with kids, their graduation chance improves by a factor of five!
  • How to be a transformative principal - recognize the heroes! Catch people doing something right
  • How to help kids solve interesting problems in that system. 

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Scott Beebe is the founder of My Business on Purpose where he teaches business leaders to be be successful. He also teaches families how to create a family vision mission and value at Create a Family Vision.

  • Standard Core Values - Respect, honesty, integrity, etc.
  • What are your unique core values? Top 10 words that describe you well. Three, four, or five key words.
  • You want people to ask you that question about what your core values means.
  • Run every decision through the filtration of core values.
  • Core values are the curbs on the side of the road to get to your destination.
  • Transference of knowledge,
  • Systems - Free the leader up to not be the technician anymore.
  • Hub for communication for all of the stuff you’re doing.
  • Weekly meeting.
  • How to find time?
  • Block off time to work on vision.
  • Bring somebody in to walk you through the process.
  • How to be a transformative Principal? 1. Block out time and ask what we will look like in 3–5 years. 2. Decide if you really want to do this, recognize that something will change.

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Scott Beebe is the founder of My Business on Purpose where he teaches business leaders to be be successful. He also teaches families how to create a family vision mission and value at Create a Family Vision.

  • Being a pastor is like being a leader anywhere else.
  • We want to change their hearts.
  • What are those things?
  • Vision Story - Vision statement is pretty pointless. Vision story is what is exciting.
  • It’s ok for people to not be into the vision.
  • Hiring. Need to give them the vision. Not hiring on a whim.
  • Shareholder letter from Jeff Bezos
  • Mission Statement - Not some catchy thing that sounds good.
  • Highlight key action words in vision story. The mission statement is what drives you to get out of bed. It is the vision story in summary.
  • Unique to who you are.
  • 15 words max, memorizable.
  • What is unique about your school? Use that to your advantage.
  • What do we want our family to look like in 5–10 years? That will affect what our school looks like.
  • What do we want our students to look like 28 years from now?
  • “We exist to…” Mission statement
  • “I see…” Vision story

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In this episode this week, we are listening to some principals share their core values as a result of what they did as an activity as part of "The Principal 50" book club. I hope you enjoy it. 

 

 

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Today I am honored to interview Kimberly Miles about our Mastermind Group. If you're interested in the Mastermind, please visit http://transformativeprincipal.org/mastermind to set up a call with me to join the mastermind.

  • Narrow my focus to prioritize what I value and what is most
  • Hold myself accountable
  • Bounce ideas off like-colleagues
  • Reflective
  • Recommend it for those who are looking to refine your practice.
  • Do your work at a more effective level.
  • Narrow down to your priorities.
  • Worth the time and money because I am investing in myself. We serve others so much, and this allows me to focus on improving myself, too!
  • Not just about hard data, but also about soft data. Stories that students bring with them are just as relevant.
  • Strengths finder and helps me Look at areas I could refine or enhance.

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It's time to fill the Mastermind! I'm opening up some slots for the mastermind. Now's your chance to get in and experience what Terri has experienced. I can't wait for you to join! a href="https://calendly.com/jethro-jones/mastermind">So, click here to set up a call!

Terri Walker is the Principal of Buckland School in Buckland Alaska. She is also a member of the transformative mastermind. Today, she shares her experience in the mastermind.

  • Felt stagnant after 25 years in education, thought about retiring.
  • Mastermind was breath of fresh air.
  • Goals help you focus on things that matter.
  • Ability to talk about what matters to us, and how we can work together to solve them.
  • It does take some out of my income but it is worth it.
  • This is something I need right now. I need the motivation and support of the mastermind.
  • I would encourage anyone old or new to seek [this mastermind] group and it would be beneficial.

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Livonia Michigan

Suburban district with 300 students, 16,000 in district
Pre-K–4th. 5 years, 21 years in 14 years as a principal

@jon_wennstrom

sparkoflearning.blogspot.com teacher blog
http://wennstromweekly.blogspot.com parent blog

  • PBIS rules are umbrella for 7 habits of highly effective kids.
  • Home grown project for 7 habits.
  • District is very invested in character education.
  • 8 character traits for entire district.
  • Fundamental belief that character education is vital.
  • Empowering students rather than engaging them - George Couros
  • Not another thing on the plate, it is the plate.
  • Building fundamental skills: collaboration, perseverance, grit, skills that will serve them in any location, any job, or any group of people they are with.
  • Parent says “my child came home and my family needs to be more proactive.”
  • Move beyond the vocabulary, but our words do count.
  • What about parents being more responsible of teaching values and school teaching content?
  • Public Service Announcements. Hearing is great, but seeing is even more powerful.
  • PSAs are emailed out and other teachers create videos and share internally.
  • Student-led announcements. Scripted for students.
  • Quote of the week.
  • What book they are currently reading.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Read and connect!
  • Most of my best ideas were not my ideas!

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Livonia Michigan

Suburban district with 300 students, 16,000 in district
Pre-K–4th. 5 years, 21 years in 14 years as a principal

@jon_wennstrom

sparkoflearning.blogspot.com teacher blog
http://wennstromweekly.blogspot.com parent blog

PBIS school, 7 Habits of highly effective students, Positive phone calls, student led announcements, PSAs. Class Dojo, 23% ELLs Wall feature.

  • School-wide meetings.
  • PBIS school.
  • Monthly, student of the month meetings.
  • Stephen Covey’s 7 habits
  • 3 to be pledge, respectful, responsible, safe
  • Poster contests for that
  • 90–95% parent attendance rate for kids who are students of the month.
  • Weekly meeting.
  • Sunrise and sunset meetings.
  • Goal: build community
  • Sean Gallard #celebrateMonday meetings
  • Doesn’t a weekly meeting take away a lot of instructional time?
  • Increase time-on-task
  • Support staff who help K students get ready.
  • Videos for students, less than 3 minutes.
  • Perseverance,
  • Stephen Covey’s 7 habits for highly effective kids
  • Art teacher creates a canvas to help students showcase their work.
  • Importance of including parents.
  • Positive phone calls on a daily basis.
  • Class dojo process - classroom wall (like a Facebook wall).
  • Parent program for Love and Logic.
  • Process for parent phone calls.
  • 66 day challenge
  • Youth making a difference

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Participate.com use it for chats–it works really well.

Check out this cool minute-long video about how it works. View a longer webinar about participate learning.

  • Everything in there is based on conversations that Brad has with users.
  • Chats are great, but how do you pay attention to everything that you learned from it?
  • Calendar of chats
  • Create collections from chats in the time period.
  • Create collections and share with others.
  • Schools and district hashtags can be involved in this as well to share their resources.
  • Participate as a social network.
  • How to be a transformative Principal: Have a growth mindset and empower everyone in your building.
  • @participatelearn brad@participate.com @spirrison

 

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This is part 2 of my interview with Susie Wise. Susie has had multiple incarnations at the d.school – teaching EX-Tools back in the trailer days, launching the K12 Lab in 2007 with the Nueva School Innovation Lab project, and jumpstarting Media Ops and Hootenanny design for the inauguration of Building 550 in 2008–2010. Back again in 2012 she is leading our efforts to support the movement bringing design thinking into K12 teaching and learning. Susie stumbled upon design thinking when she took a course with David Kelley in 2003 and the experience helped her make sense of the universe. Susie is motivated by the simple belief that humans are by nature designers. Recently a design strategist and innovation coach at Intuit, her practice centers on inspiring teams to use empathy to get to innovative outcomes. Susie has a PhD in Learning Sciences and Technology Design from Stanford’s School of Education and is a co-founder of Urban Montessori Charter School in Oakland. She lives there with her husband and daughter (yes, the one in the movie Babies).

  • Design thinking process
  • New way to seek opportunities and problem solve.
  • Traditional Analytic ways of thinking: see a problem, come up with ideas, do a lot of planning
  • Empathize first, to see what they could see. Ask questions, immersion. Understand the space in a human centered way.
  • Define the problem once you have empathy.
  • Once you have framed what you’re going after, ideate.
  • Ideation is about separating idea formation from selection. Yes and vs Yes but.
  • Prototype - make bite-sized change.
  • Test it out in small spaces to see if you are on the right track in a human-centered way.
  • Do it rapidly. How quickly could you prototype and test your ideas?
  • Mine the failures for learning.
  • Questions to ask after empathy experience: Ask Why 5 times.
  • It can be scary to ask Why.
  • It is about people.
  • Somebody pulls out or somebody pulls rank.
  • Let’s run those prototypes.
  • Bias towards action.
  • Practice on hacking things that are not in school. Hack something in life.
  • Breaking it down into the smallest possible size to get quick wins.
  • Take on more complex tasks.
  • How to be a transformative principal? 1. Shadow a student and 2. put yourself in a different position than you have been in.

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Susie Wise has had multiple incarnations at the d.school – teaching EX-Tools back in the trailer days, launching the K12 Lab in 2007 with the Nueva School Innovation Lab project, and jumpstarting Media Ops and Hootenanny design for the inauguration of Building 550 in 2008–2010. Back again in 2012 she is leading our efforts to support the movement bringing design thinking into K12 teaching and learning. Susie stumbled upon design thinking when she took a course with David Kelley in 2003 and the experience helped her make sense of the universe. Susie is motivated by the simple belief that humans are by nature designers. Recently a design strategist and innovation coach at Intuit, her practice centers on inspiring teams to use empathy to get to innovative outcomes. Susie has a PhD in Learning Sciences and Technology Design from Stanford’s School of Education and is a co-founder of Urban Montessori Charter School in Oakland. She lives there with her husband and daughter (yes, the one in the movie Babies).

  • Shadow a Student is a practice that is out there, but we wanted to make it a movement.
  • Original idea
  • Hack your school toward something deeper. Small scrappy experiment.
  • How can you hack to something that is important.
  • It’s not about a 3–5 year plan. It’s about something small.
  • Something you can do right away.
  • The big load that it takes to move from class to class.
  • Not enough processing space in the day.
  • Is the organization of the day really working for the kids?
  • Is there time for Social Emotional Learning?
  • Hacktivity mini course - bigger ideas from deeper learn.
  • Choose a big idea
  • Select a hack
  • Take Hack-tion
  • Jethro’s shadow experience
  • Attack advisory time.
  • every day for 5 or 10 days, you have a 3 minute conversation with that student.
  • All students on a board, everyone puts a dot by kids’ names that have good relationships.
  • Unwall your office.

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Jon Laffoon is the principal of Pea Ridge High School in Arkansas, where they are using a dynamic schedule called the flex mod schedule to allow time to serve students, rather than students serving time. It is pretty remarkable and impressive.

  • Save $10,000 on paper because of 1:1
  • Don’t hire substitutes
  • Expectation is that teachers post everything to Google Classroom when they are absent.
  • Subs are just babysitters
  • Time serving students rather than students serving time.
  • Redesign cafeteria to make it a modern space like a starbucks.
  • Supervision of students.
  • 3 Core Values: Leave no trace, be responsible, use time wisely
  • Teach them personal responsibility.
  • You have to take on a growth mindset to make changes.
  • Students skipping a class still happens, but it has not increased, though the way to work with kids has helped.
  • Phase Balance - can’t have every class meet 3 days (Phase 3) a week or every class meet 4 (Phase 4) days a week.
  • Schools can come learn from PRHS. Conference in the summer.
  • Office of Innovation for Education Summit
  • 1:1 school, is that a requirement? No.
  • No more textbooks.
  • Google Classroom
  • Schoology
  • How to be a transformative Principal: Be student centered. Constantly assessing how we are doing. Build a team around you. Take ownership and pride in everything you do. Become connected. Find balance.
    jlaffoon@prhs.k12.ak.us @laffoon_jon

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Jon Laffoon is the principal of Pea Ridge High School in Arkansas, where they are using a dynamic schedule called the flex mod schedule to allow time to serve students, rather than students serving time. It is pretty remarkable and impressive.

  • Flex Mod schedule
  • Form of a block schedule. Certain classes that might meet 4 days a week or 3 days a week.
  • Videos explaining the schedule
  • Empower the teachers - get them out of their silos
  • The gray ILT times keep the classes from conflicting.
  • The schedule to look at
  • Independent learning time: with great power comes great responsibility.
  • Designing a PE unit based on their fitness goals.
  • 210 clock minutes whether you meet 3 days or 4 days a week.
  • ILT time is class time.
  • Many teachers have flipped their classes.
  • 60% of students each year were going to a 2 year or 4 year institution. Only 25–30% of students were staying in school.
  • SLT Structured Learning Time is some RTI time.
  • 2000-student high school designed for the Flex Mod schedule.
  • Teachers don’t teach in the same rooms every day.
  • Teachers offices are moved to the big classrooms which have been converted to commons areas.
  • Rotating schedule made it so we didn’t have to build more classrooms.
  • River Bluff

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Ken Spero of @edleadershipsim seeks to help leaders develop their decision-making ability by running simulations of realistic situations.

  • Experience is the best teacher
  • What simulations in a box look like.
  • Engage one’s own imagination
  • Experiences of those who go through it.
  • This is an experience to be able to talk about what you could do.
  • Valuable and engaging.
  • Stories engage people.
  • Running simulations as part of assistant principal training.
  • Analyze the thinking of your team.
  • Janice Case
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  • Focus is on critical thinking and judgment.
  • Experience can be about getting things wrong.
  • How he creates sims.
  • Alternate Reality (sims) vs. Alternative Reality (games).
  • How to be a transformative principal: what experience do you need to have to learn and grow?

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Glenn Robbins (Twitter and Blog) is the 2016 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year.

  • Duties of digital principal of the year.
  • Things that were done to gain attention for this award.
  • Idea Street
  • Turtles in an aquarium in the school.
  • Digital Shop.
  • Design thinking.
  • NCMS Innovates blog
  • EdCamp Period. 5 days in a 45 minute period.
  • We want to create designers.
  • Using technology when appropriate.
  • Design thinking and deprogramming them.
  • The Extraordinaires Program
  • It’s saying yes more than no.
  • Responding to kids’ feedback.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Be connected digitally and in person.

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Leyden East High School Principal Jason Markey, assistant principal Anita Huffman and principal-to-be-current-special-education-teacher Meaghan O’Neil join me to talk about the

  • Assistant principal for Student Services - The importance of a title
  • Breakfast with students to support the new students coming in.
  • ACCESS Program - extra 25 minutes for freshman to help them get acclimated.
  • Hand-schedule students with ACCESS teacher so they have a single adult to
  • Learning2breathe study time for students to focus on mindfulness.
  • Teaching the whole child.
  • “Yes, And” thinking.
  • Giving kids the time and space to be creative.
  • Innovation incubator.
  • Disengaging from PLCs to be in a new group focused on design thinking.
  • Design thinking
  • Trust and vulnerability is vital.
  • It is an unknown.
  • What can you do to be a transformative principal:
  • Work to empathize more with our students and teachers
  • [#shadowastudent](http://shadowastudent.org)
  • Have a PLN and connect with others to help reflect and continue to grow.
  • Step out of your comfort zone and learn and grow.

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Today, Daniel Bauer and I talk about our Mastermind. I encourage you to join. Check it out here: Transformative Mastermind.

 

If you still have questions or are ready to join, please set up a brief phone call. Schedule a call

Daniel and I are both setting up masterminds. I interview him on his podcast: Better Leaders Better Schools 

 

Mastermind For Principals

We all know that being a principal can be a lonely job. It is isolating to be the only one who has to deal with everything that goes on in your day-to-day life. Some of us have assistant principals, some of us have co principals, but each of us know that there are some things that are just hard to help other people understand what you’re going through.

Enter a mastermind. A mastermind is a group of people who are dedicated to investing in themselves to improve their lives.

We all have social networks which help us in various ways. If you have been on Twitter, in Facebook groups, or Voxer groups, you know there can be an ebb and flow with the conversation and ability to help other people in the group. You know there are a lot of lurkers. You also know that sometimes your questions and needs don’t get answered. Sometimes you don’t even ask questions because you can’t articulate what the problem is without giving a big back story.

A mastermind is different. You commit to being there for yourself and for your teammates. You commit to answering their questions, to supporting them, and, most importantly, to investing in yourself to help you be the best you can be.

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The truth is, a mastermind isn’t for everybody. Answer the following questions and see if you might be one of the ten principals in the country that will be able to join this mastermind.

  • Do you want your work and home life to be in balance?
  • Do you want to lead with a new level of confidence and ability?
  • Do you want to learn how to communicate with your teachers and students so they understand the vision you have?
  • Do you want to learn how to work with other principals and leaders in your district to be on the same page, working towards the same mission?
  • Do you want to be healthier?
  • Do you want to have better relationships with those you love?

If you answered yes to the questions above, then let’s set up a call and talk further about the possibilities.

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What do you get as a member of the mastermind?

  • Weekly meetings online to facilitate the mastermind.
  • A group of principals that are willing to help you as you help them.
  • A monthly leadership book club
  • A DISC personality profile test to help you understand how you communicate, and help people communicate with you.
  • Free access to events and trainings.
  • Private Facebook group and Voxer group.
  • A rotating weekly problem-solving session that allows you to go deep into the primary problem you are facing in your school.
  • Specific curated podcast list of the best podcasts available.
  • Celebrations of overcoming obstacles at your school with people who will understand the complexity of the obstacle.
  • A time to reflect that will energize you for the next week to be your best.
  • Lifelong relationships with other principals.

I hope you will join me, and take your leadership to a level you never could have imagined.

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If you are still not sure, please read through the frequently asked questions below and set up a call with me!

What is the time commitment?
We will meet each week online for about 60–90 minutes. These sessions will be jam packed with useful information, problem solving, and reflection.

Why does it cost money? I can join a Voxer group for free!
This is more than a Voxer group. This is a group of people, meeting regularly, to make sure that we are being the best we can be.
Simply put, if you don’t pay for it, you will likely get “too busy” and blow it off. When you invest an amount of money you are going to be more dedicated to it. Your level of commitment and dedication will be commensurate to the monetary value associated with it.
Your monetary investment in yourself shows that you are serious about learning and growing.

What if I don’t have the time for something like this?
Then it is not for you.

What if I don’t find it valuable?
If you’re not satisfied with it, you can call me and ask for a refund. I’ll ask for feedback about how to make it more meaningful, and happily refund your money.

What if I just want to listen and not participate?
The mastermind is for those who want to do. It won’t be as beneficial if you are on the sidelines. That being said, we won’t be forcing anyone to do anything. You will get out of this what you put into it.


A continuation of my discussion with Eric Heiser, Exectuve direction or Sturgis Public Charter school in Mass.

  • Teachers go above and beyond often.
  • Teachers who join us are into teaching students, not content.
  • Students thrive on feedback, and if they feel they are going to get it, they are going to go to teachers for it more often.
  • Teachers mindset has to be, I’m going to do everything I can to help kids be successful.
  • How do you tease out that mindset?
  • If I took over your class, and I had no clue about what you were teaching, what words and phrases would your students have about you? How does the teacher see their role and connection?
  • Tell me something that went really well in the last week and why it went well.
  • Tell me something that didn’t go well and why didn’t it?
  • How did you choose your university? Tell me about your favorite class at university and why they were your favorite?
  • How do you connect outside the classroom and why do you do that?
  • Student discipline is not about the consequence, but it is about the opportunity to build a connection with the student after a situation and help the student see what they could have done.
  • Should be about the student growing, not about consequences.
  • Professional development focused on three areas: 1. Differentiation 2. Habits of mind 3. IB-specific training
  • Helping all faculty integrate Theory of Knowledge questions.
  • Preparing students well for assessments, but helping faculty collaborate daily.
  • Guiding principle is helping each student maximize their potential.
  • Recruited 5 people over the past month and a half who are the best.
  • Build passion and enthusiasm in their class, because it is about student learning.
  • We want every teacher to be at the top of their game every year.
  • If you’re really really careful about who you hire, you can be successful.
  • Tell faculty to recommend those who are great. Only recommend top 15%.
  • We want our kids to experience a star, each and every day.
  • Start with Why Simon Sinek TED Talk
  • Don’t measure student success on a specific score on a specific assessment. It is different for each student.
  • It’s not about a number, it is about them.

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Eric Heiser is the Exective Director of Sturgis Public Charter School in Massachusetts, where students have a 20% chance of getting in if you don’t have a sibling

  • International Baccalaureate has programs from K–12 and early college.
  • IB Diploma program the best preparation for College.
  • IB Program is a whole conception of a program. Rigorous courses and also character building.
  • Theory of knowledge, Creative action and service activities.
  • Gain points for what they know, rather than losing points for what they don’t.
  • Very few multiple choice tests in the assessments given.
  • IB for All - no non-IB courses for grades 11 and 12. 9th and 10th grade IB Prep.
  • Students challenge themselves, and grow into their commitment of becoming all they can be.
  • Special Needs at Sturgis on the web site
  • Guiding points on vision: 1. Help each student maximize their own individual potential. 2. Student learning is why we are here and should drive every decision we make.
  • Moving away from the word teach and saying “How do we create learning?”
  • 3 Rs - Rigor, Relevance, Relationships
  • IB provides external accountability for Rigor.
  • Help students see how what they are learning is relevant to their life.
  • Relationships are enhanced with smaller numbers (2 campuses with 400 students each).
  • School culture has a deep impact on the students’ learning.
  • Don’t do ranking, valedictorians, etc. Want students to be their own personal best.
  • To help students be successful, they need a lot of support, counseling, and care.
  • Schools can unintentionally create systems and events that detract from student learning.
  • Recruiting outstanding faculty is the most important thing I do.
  • Relationship is the most important thing about school.
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Kimberly Miles is the principal of East Gresham Elementary School. 425 kids, mobility rate 64 students moving in and out since the beginning of the year. 33 percent ELL students. SUN School - community support in the school.

  • PLCs
  • Leadership Team
  • 25 minutes each week with principal discussing the instruction and learning.
  • Instructional coach.
  • Essential Questions
  • Meet weekly as a team
  • Sense of urgency is happening.
  • PD for Leadership Team
  • Smart professionals can choose their own tools for the job.
  • Also more fun to let them experience their own success.
  • New focus is seeing students
  • Comprehensive needs assessments
  • Students need shared ownership
  • Specific feedback
  • Universal screeners for our students, they showed they were really struggling.
  • DIBELs gives an indicator
  • Phonics Screener
  • Still need to create common formative assessments to help students demonstrate proficiency.
  • Consultants come in to work with team to facilitate the needed changes.
  • How to facilitate difficult conversations.
  • Strict schedule is needed.
  • Really want to be a good listener as a leader.
  • How to be a transformative principal: Ask

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I was so honored to chat with Todd Whitaker and Rick Wormeli after their keynote at the #nassp16 conference.

This was a really fun conversation today. These two guys were so excited about what they were talking about they just kept going. It was awesome.

  • Professional Development.
  • Twitter chats (Comprehensive list of Twitter Chats)
  • Twitter is the best free professional development there is.
  • Exposed to newer research-based information
  • How sad that we use research as an excuse to not do something.
  • The teachers is a ceaseless researcher in their classroom.
  • When there is a great teacher, there is no research, because it has never been done.
  • How to help your great teachers fly.
  • How to help struggling teachers.

 

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Cory Doctorow is a Canadian journalist and science fiction author. Follow him on Twitter, Web site, BoingBoing

Cory spoke at ASTE this week, and I am excited to share the things I learned from him.

  • Failing well
  • We tend to ignore failing.
  • What we should teach kids about technology
  • Reidentification - people can figure out who you are.
  • What we should teach kids
  • Anonymity + distance = jerky behavior
  • Should we be critical of the software and systems we use?
  • Proprietary vs. open
  • There’s never been a field or endeavor where scrutiny by your peers has not helped.
  • Adversarial peer review.
  • You can lock yourself into bad systems if you’re not careful.
  • If 10% of a group got together and spent their money on developing open source software then they would produce something better that what is available.
  • We did this at Kodiak Middle with our Pickr app
  • Collective action threshold
  • What is one thing that you can do to be a transformative principal? Got out of the students’ way. Employees were empowered to cost the company money if that made the experience better.
  • His teacher let him read all day for two days.
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • National network of campus clubs for EFF. Email Shahid@eff.org for more information.

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Special Episode!

This weekend I am at the ASTE Conference, and I had the privilege of learning from Carl Hooker for a leadership workshop all day on Saturday. It’s always fun to learn from a great presenter, and Carl is one of those. Carl did a great job of engaging a bunch of administrators, helping us get our guard down, and making the conversation great.

Carl has been involved in education since graduating from the University of Texas in 1998. He has been in a variety of positions in both Austin ISD and Eanes ISD, from 1st grade teacher to Virtualization Coordinator.  He’s a father of three girls, Sophia, Lauren, and Caroline and a wonderful, understanding wife Renee, all of which play a large role in any presentations he gives or blogs he writes.
Carl is the Director of Innovation & Digital Learning in the Eanes Independent School District. He is also the founder of the learning festival called iPadpalooza.

As Director, he utilizes his background in both education and technology to bring a unique vision to the district and its programs.  During his time in the position, the district has jumped into social media, adopted the Google Apps for Education and started to build a paperless environment with Google Docs. He helped spearhead the LEAP (Learning and Engaging through Access and Personalization) which put 1:1 iPads into the hands of all K–12 students at Eanes.

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Kimberly Miles is the principal of East Gresham Elementary School. 425 kids, mobility rate 64 students moving in and out since the beginning of the year. 33 percent ELL students. SUN School - community support in the school.

  • Turnaround principal.
  • Everyone had the choice to leave or apply to stay.
  • Looking for a willingness to do what works.
  • How are we as a team going to fulfill that need for our kids?
  • So much work to be done. Where would you start first for equitable student achievement?
  • Are you willing to do the work?
  • Building a culture of change. We GET to do this, and isn’t that exciting?
  • As a leader, I go fast. Go slow to go fast.
  • 3 things we did: 1. Culture change 2. Targeted Professional Development 3. Effective instruction
  • Focus on literacy. How to teach the Big 5 in literacy.
  • Grit and growth mindset.
  • I can’t do it, yet.
  • Feedback and trust are vital.
  • Learning to trust each other and admit that I don’t know.
  • Willingness to try something different.

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Frederick Lane is an author, attorney, educational consultant, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a nationally-recognized expert in the areas of cybersafety, digital misconduct, personal privacy, and other topics at the intersection of law, technology, and society. Lane has appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the BBC, and MSNBC. He has written eight books, including most recently Cybertraps for Educators (Mathom Press 2015). All of his books are available on Amazon.com or through his Web site, FrederickLane.com.

  • Less concerned about teachers communicating directly with parents. Not really a problem unless they are having a problem or argument.
  • Need to have the mindfulness to step back and get someone else involved if there is a disagreement.
  • General rule of thumb. No unmediated electronic communication between a teacher and a student.
  • Digital communication inherently strips out that humanity, so why not have it mediated.
  • Take whatever steps necessary to make it difficult to be found by your students.
  • Make accounts as private as possible.
  • Select different social media channels for different purposes.
  • Difficult to pull things back once you put them out there.
  • How to be a transformative principal: Communication is the key to all of this.
  • Post unto others as you would be posted to.
  • 1:1 education - when schools provide the technology, they need to play an aggressive and firm role in monitoring what kind of activity happens in school.
  • The real problem is bypassing the schools network.
  • Ongoing education, clear acceptable use policies, more education.
  • Web site

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Frederick Lane is an author, attorney, educational consultant, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a nationally-recognized expert in the areas of cybersafety, digital misconduct, personal privacy, and other topics at the intersection of law, technology, and society. Lane has appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the BBC, and MSNBC. He has written eight books, including most recently Cybertraps for Educators (Mathom Press 2015). All of his books are available on Amazon.com or through his Web site, FrederickLane.com.

  • Cybertraps - problems that people have dealt with for many years
  • Technology makes things easier.
  • We don’t have a good clearinghouse across the country.
  • Don’t need technology to be a predator.
  • Slippery slope of boundary violations.
  • Most common cybertraps: productivity within the school environment, oversharing of personal information, use of social media to start or engage in an inappropriate relationship.
  • Digital technology has a leveling effect.
  • Personal information about someone is not helpful in the education environment.
  • You don’t need to share information with your students in order to have a relationship with them.
  • Responsibility to educate students about technology.
  • Idea that smartphones need to have a learner’s permit.
  • Cell phones are the equivalent of high powered equipment that needs training and supervision.
  • Kids are experts in the operation of technology.
  • Our current adult generation was blindsided by the introduction of technology.
  • Develop ways of thinking about this to fold new technology into appropriate social interactions.
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Kara is an assistant principal at Edwin Lowe Elementary in New Town North Dakota.

  • Her generation doesn’t feel that people are coming in to take away their culture.
  • There’s nothing we can’t learn from each other.
  • How to help kids choose to be in education: Be that outstanding teacher!
  • Having authentic conversations.
  • History of Indian Education in America.
  • Boarding schools were opened up. Goal was to assimilate the natives.
  • Have to be willing to learn to respect their culture.
  • Pow-Wows are very vital.
  • Community
  • Being fair, being willing to learn from others.
  • To help students, you need to have a good relationship.
  • Pair people up with support staff.
  • Providing resources for students as they are growing and developing.
  • Mediators help bridge the gap.
  • How paraprofessionals can help. They need lots of training.
  • In the eyes of the student, there is not much difference between paraprofessionals and teachers.
  • How to be a transformative principal: Maintain work-life balance, be authentic and have authentic conversations.
  • Expect teachers to be accountable for their work.
  • Twitter is a educational toolbox.

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Kara is an assistant principal at Edwin Lowe Elementary in New Town North Dakota.

  • Grew up Cheyenne-Sioux South Dakota.
  • Foster education.
  • Emancipated as a young adult.
  • Knew what it took to survive in life.
  • Dropped out of High School.
  • Started school again in her 20s.
  • Life on the reservation due to socio-economic and other issues.
  • She saw the world starting to pass her by.
  • Writing a paragraph sounds so simple to most people, but it is very difficult if you haven’t done it in 14 years.
  • Working on a Doctorate.
  • So much to give back now to others.
  • No student cannot succeed when they have the resources to be successful.
  • Uncle was a good mentor.
  • Making connections instructors.
  • Not being afraid to ask questions that were on my mind.
  • Most people want to help others.
  • You have to be open to saying “I don’t know”
  • You have to be reflective.
  • Be reflective in your successes.
  • Need to relax, slow down, and wait for things to happen.
  • Felt drawn back to the reservation.
  • Groomed to teach in Bismarck, but felt that working on a reservation would be more appropriate.
  • Throw-away kids - Kara wants to advocate for them.

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Teacher-led Professional Development with Nathan Adams Transformative Principal 107

Nathan has been a special education teacher for 8 years. He has taught in middle, high, and elementary levels.

  • Teacher led professional development
  • Sponsored by the local teacher’s union.
  • Joined the union that has supported him, in an effort to give back.
  • Idea of helping general education teachers and special education teachers understand the needs of each other.
  • Brotherhood of professionals.
  • Need to find a way to offer this for credit to improve skills but also have incentive.
  • NEA grant that supported professional development for teachers teaching teachers.
  • Institute for Professional Development.
  • Will align in the future to make the district PD calendar aligned with what the association is wanting.
  • Surveyed members to determine what they wanted to learn.
  • This is a perk/benefit for the members of the association.
  • Challenge is finding the time to make this happen.
  • Highlights: Teachers posted what they found beneficial from the courses.
  • Google Certified Teacher, Level I and II.
  • Teachers were responsive to the things they were learning.
  • Advice: Continue to use good teaching strategies. But don’t be demeaning.
  • District started doing magnet schools.
  • Principal that just started in the position.
  • Teacher leader for educational technology.
  • Personable leader, understands the field, understands the kids.
  • Ambassador as a teacher.
  • Weekly email from the principal.
  • Staff meetings are held in a different teacher’s classroom each week.
  • What are we going to do that week that is interesting?
  • Principal asks how he can support us.
  • How to be a transformative principal: Trust the people that are working for you.

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Kristin Bentley is a 2nd grade teacher in a Title I school.

She created an awesome app that helps manage classroom behavior: Color My Day

Introductory Video

  • Why use this rather than Class Dojo.
  • Think Time forms and Office Discipline Referrals are built-in to the app.
  • Shoutout to Tricia Skyles
  • ODRs going down means nothing if teacher morale is going up.
  • The process of creating an app from the ground up.
  • Crayons and paper
  • Lucidchart
  • Found a graphic designer.
  • Found a programmer.
  • Tell people about your ideas, find out what people are looking for in their schools.
  • Do something to make people’92s lives easier.
  • Make sure it is not something extra for teachers or admins to implement.
  • Need 3 people: Expert, designer, and developer.
  • Three ways to get it off the ground: pay someone, find someone to buy into your vision, find investors.
  • Planbook
  • Support teachers who are building apps to support students.

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Kristin Bentley is a 2nd grade teacher in a Title I school.

She created an awesome app that helps manage classroom behavior: Color My Day

      [Introductory Video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4IrMJpInOk&feature=youtu.be)

  • Using card pulls is not very effective.
  • Clip charts use separate clips to show that positive and negative behavior.
  • The two clips gave the ’93naughty’94 kids a chance to have a good day.
  • Goal for card pulls is to stay positive.
  • Card pulls don’92t give chances for kids to see what they can accomplish.
  • Clips change kids self-esteem.
  • Physical chart helps kids see and experience changes. Digital version allows teachers to collect and analyze data.
  • Think Time form allows student to fill out the form with teacher and record it in the app.
  • Data is collected school-wide and allows teachers to customize their individual reasons for clips up and down.
  • Digital version of clip chart allows teachers to have data to collect and prepare for RTI, special ed referrals, and more.
  • The app keeps track of the ratio of positive to negative ratios.
  • Very powerful for teachers to see how they are interacting with their students.
  • Teaches them a truth that we are both good and bad, and not just one or the other.
  • Discounts available by mentioning this podcast. Huge discount for teachers.
  • colormydaykids.com colormydaykids@gmail.com.

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